Soundings

Articles from No. 58, Winter

A State for the Commons: Neoliberalism through the Lens of Advice Work: An Ever-Narrowing Definition of 'Ordinariness' Is Excluding People from an Ever-Widening Range of Rights
The courts should be a public service to which ordinary people of ordinary means can have access on those rare occasions when he or she needs it. Former Lord High Chancellor Kenneth Clarke (1) It is unusual, in contemporary political-speak, for...
Community Number Capture: How Do You Measure Environmental Change?
There's this really poisonous relationship at times', sighed a volunteer. One of the paid staff tried to explain: 'It just feels like what we all loved doing has become our job and it carries all that job stuff with it'. Others were more passionate:...
Editorial
This issue opens with three articles on feminism, generation and the need for dialogue. Alison Winch explores the possibilities for fruitful exchange between different generations of feminists, pointing out that disagreement is itself often productive...
Ernesto Laclau (1935-2014): An Appreciation
I first met Ernesto in the spring of 1976, when we invited him to give two presentations at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) in the University of Amsterdam. The first was an analysis of the political structure of Argentina...
Feminism, Generation and Intersectionality: Generational Differences within Feminism Are Also Opportunities for Dialogue
What can we do about white feminists claiming black feminists' work as their own?' 'Why are you hung up on women and their wombs--it's so heteronormative!' These were some of the questions asked at the 'Sisterhoods and After' conference held at the...
Labour and the Battle of Ideas: What Do the Policy Review Documents Tell Us about Current Labour Party Thinking?
Writing in July 2014, Steve Richards noted that David Cameron's party and ideological upbringing made him ill-equipped to win the new battle of ideas, as a result of which 'he flicks the same switches but finds there are not the same political dividends'....
Poppies, Tommies and Remembrance: Commemoration Is Always Contested
The centenary of the outbreak of the first world war was greeted with significant economic, social and political investment in Britain, at both a local and national level, and from a diverse range of groups. The BBC commissioned more than 140 programmes;...
Resilience Is Futile: The Cultivation of Resilience Is Not an Answer to Austerity and Poverty
Lately resilience has become the answer to everything. The ability to withstand and adapt to stress, once a subject chiefly of interest to health professionals, is now a catch-all call to arms for an age of uncertainty. This is a trend I first noticed...
Rethinking the Neoliberal World Order: How Neoliberalism Disorganises the World
Earlier instalments of the Kilburn Manifesto have focused on the impacts of neoliberalism on British society, and on how we might begin to conceive of feasible alternatives to that regime. But in thinking about the sphere of international relations,...
Smokestack Books
Middlesbrough-based Smokestack Books has published over 80 titles in the last ten years, including books by Ian Duhig, Katrina Porteous, Ian McMillan, Kate Fox, Sebastian Barker, Gerda Stevenson and Peter Blackman. Smokestack's international list includes...
Still Living with Sexism (after All These Years): How Neoliberalism Operates at the Intersections of Sexism and Ageism
I am a member of the baby boom--that giant goitre in the population of those born between 1946 and 1964--possibly the most reviled generation ever, at least in the United States. Chided for being narcissistic, spoiled and overly rebellious in our youth,...
The Fortunes of Socialist Feminism
Your new book Fortunes of Feminism--a selection of writing you've produced over the past thirty years--includes the 1994 essay 'After the Family Wage', in which you argued that neither the 'universal breadwinner' model (in which working mothers strive...
Whose Time Is It Anyway? How Private Companies Profit from Our Free Time
There is an unexpected link between the ethereal world of free goods in the form of internet services and the people-based world of contracted-out and privatised services. The link is that both dispense with as much paid human labour as possible, leaving...
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